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RICK STRINGER

SHARK JAW MAN
Shark jaw preparation service

Biography

Rick is a semi-retired attorney (AND drummer in a band) living in the Charleston SC area with a lovely wife, children & grandchildren who approached us via email to trade his smaller, better great white shark jaw for our bigger "Mr. Ugly" great white shark jaw.  He had been collecting shark jaws for years, and enjoyed catch & release fishing for many years.

We not only made the trade, but took Rick up on the offer to start prepping some 4000+ shark jaws we had recently acquired that  needed re-soaking, shaping, identifying species, etc. to be able to sell them along with our other jaws.  Here is just half of the jaws we had unloaded into a semi container, waiting to be processed/reworked in October of 2011.

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Rick did a superb job on the jaws over the two years, improving his skills and his choice of tools and supplies exponentially along the way.  Here's a list of the species shown on our site for sale that he has reworked:

Blacktip, Blue, Bramble, bull, copper, dusky, galapagos, goblin, great white, hammerhead, hemipristis, lemon, mako, nurse, sandbar, shark ray, six gill, silvertip, silky, spinner, spottail, thresher, tiger, white tip reef, zebra shark jaws (photo examples below.

He discovered that his real passion was working with shark jaws as a second career.  So we offered to set up a web page to offer his services. If you have a jaw that needs work, contact him directly at:

Rick Stringer

pfstringer@yahoo.com

Telephone 

(South Carolina time, 9am to 5pm EST)  843-588-2103

9/22/18
JUNIOR MR. UGLY now called MR. NOT UGLY
GREAT WHITE SHARK JAW











 
#SJ-130-8

MEASURES 13-1/8” wide x 10-3/4” tall
7/8” long measurement on principal teeth

We called him JUNIOR UGLY when we got him.

Here are the BEFORE photos

Note:  I am pointing out the skin and gum that were removed for separate sale,
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After 20 hours of professional re-preparation by Rick Stringer, we now call him “MR. NOT UGLY”

Here are Rick’s comments:  “It is a challenging jaw. The little bastard impaled me pretty good; my fault for not putting tape on the teeth. Then yesterday I had to remove the lower jaw reconstruction and start over as it just wasn't lining up, so there's that. But on the plus side those are the nicest teeth I've seen. This shark must have been caught in a net I'm thinking.”







FINISHED!

Here's the last batch of jaws we received back from Rick that will soon be documented & added to the website
Bramble shark jaws

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Mainly bull & spinner shark jaws

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The whole batch

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...and one batch of all the zebra shark jaws, that Rick said he thought would never end.  These are already on the site.
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"AFTER" photos of a few of the jaws 

Rick prepped for Where on Earth.

We don't have "before" photos, but believe me, they needed work

Bluntnose six gill

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Bramble

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Bull shark

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Tiger shark

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Blue shark; even though this jaw was preserved in its first life with formaldehyde, Rick was able to improve it

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Shortfin mako

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Zebra shark

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Galapagos shark

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Goblin shark jaw

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JAW PREPARATION

The process in cleaning and preparing a jaw is not as easy as some suggest. An ant hill or even flesh consuming beetles will not work. The only way to properly prep a jaw is to remove ALL of the flesh, a time consuming and tedious task. 

After that the jaws must be soaked in an industrial peroxide solution for several days (extreme caution in handling this fluid). Then they must be soaked in water for at least another day and then dried for several more days, propped open with sticks.

We also do extensive restoration of old and damaged jaws, bringing them back to pristine condition.

 

As for pricing,  we charge according to the size of the jaw and the amount of restoration or repair needed. An email with photos will allow a price quotation; shipping is charged to the customer. 

 

Glenn & Heidi's

GREAT WHITE SHARK JAW

from Rick, reworked

BEFORE PHOTOS

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Here is the work done on the small great white shark jaw we traded with Rick, he decided to re-work it.

Went ahead and soaked em for a day and a half. The good news is I was able to whiten them up and even remove some excess gum. The bad news is it will have to be repaired again in places but I wanted to do that anyway. Drying time first though. "We can rebuild him. Make him stronger, faster..." 


AFTER PHOTOS

  

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Inside photos

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By the way, I got the rest of those teeth out and they are actually really good; not hollow but full fledged teeth, the largest is a little over 1 and1/4th of an inch. When positioned properly they look larger than the way I had them. I will need one tooth that is lacking a good base. I can send that one to you to match.. I'd stick with the originals but it's up to you. Another problem with larger teeth would be fitting them in the existing jaw.

Here's Glenn (right) and Rick (left) taken when Glenn picked up the jaw again.

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They are done and I'm really happy with the way they turned out.

 

 MR UGLY 

GREAT WHITE SHARK JAW

BEFORE PHOTOS

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Outer upper & lower jaw, close-up photos

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Back of jaw, upper & lower close-up photos

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AFTER PHOTOS 

  

And proudly hanging back on his Jaw Wall

Preparation of Megamouth Shark jaws


Preparation of Megamouth Shark jaw #2 (#SJ-255-2)

BEFORE PHOTOS
 


    

AFTER PHOTO

Preparation of Megamouth Shark jaw #3 (#SJ-255-3)

BEFORE PHOTOS

   

AFTER PHOTO (both jaws 2 and 3)

 

HEMIPRISTIS SERRA LIVES!

MADE WITH FOSSIL TEETH

An ambitious project Rick has wanted to work on for years for himself...

He acquired an entire dentition of a fossil hemipristis shark jaw

Here is the finished jaw, shown

 with a modern Hemipristis shark jaw inside of it

GREAT WHITE SHARK JAWS

THE BIG ONE is 32 wide by 28 height.
Worse shape than the small one. Bad teeth. Cracking.  I also have 1 large upper principle tooth 2.5 inches and 1 large lower principle tooth 2.3 inches that maybe could be good molds if needed. 

THE SMALL JAW 27"x27"! They are in really great shape, just need some tissue removal mainly...teeth 2.2" .  



EVOLUTION OF THE SMALL JAW

  

      

      

FINAL SHAPING

    

THE BEAUTIFUL "SMALL" JAW IS DONE!

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Here is a THIRD jaw measuring 31" wide, biggest principal tooth 2-7/16".  Australian jaw brought into the country pre-1998.  

     

  


HERE IT IS COMPLETED.  WOW.

    

We here at Where on Earth are proud of the quality & volume of work that Rick has done for us.  We recommend his services to any that need a jaw re-worked.  Contact info for Rick is above.

Glenn and Heidi Reed

Where on Earth

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